February 23, 2017

Bright & Bold Lips

One of my favorite party looks is a bright, bold lip.  When the ladies of LMP asked me to come over to get them ready for their recent Fifty Shades of Valentine’s Day Shoot, I know that I wanted to incorporate bold lips into their looks to feature for our Beauty with Brittany Lo series.

We decided to showcase this look on Abby, and she recently got Urban Decay’s Junkie Lipstick Vice Palette, which has plenty of fun and funky lip colors to choose from. To match the decor and Abby’s overall look, we decided on ‘Big Bang’, a deep magenta with metallic copper flecks for some extra sparkle.

Here’s how to apply a bold lip:

Step 1: Outline the lips with a lip pencil. Using a pencil is important when applying bright dark colors to avoid the color bleeding. Start by lining the peaks of the lips.

Step 2: Choose a lip color and apply it with a flat small brush. I recommend using the Sephora Pro Lip Brush #85

Step 3: Add some gloss on top if you desire!

See how fun Abby’s lips look? Follow these same steps to ensure a long lasting look for any bold lip color.

Until next time!

Xo, B.Lo
@brittany.lo

xx, Abby
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February 22, 2017

Chef Luke Makes crêpes with Crêpes à la Maison

My favorite part of social media is when people discover Little Miss Party and get in touch to share their excitement towards our business and all that we are doing here. We recently received an email from Jennifer at Crêpes à la Maison who caught wind of Chef Luke’s little cooking show here and asked if she could come in to give him a lesson in making crêpes. Obviously we screamed YES! Please! How fun?!

Jennifer, the cutest, sweetest French gal came over with all the gear required to teach a little one how to make her delicious crêpes. She set up balloons, a menu, toppings to decorate the crêpes and more. She even brought berets for her and Luke to wear while they cook! Could you die from these two?!

Although Luke and her had some language challenges between her heavy French accent and Luke’s extremely fast speaking lip, they got along incredibly well and Luke listened to everything Jennifer said and asked of him.

Jennifer made making crêpes SO easy! And boy were they ever delicious. Jennifer offers crêpes making classes and events. What a great idea for a kids party or even an adults brunch right?!

She even came with a special crêpes making diploma for Luke AND a book about France. TOO CUTE!!

Your mouth is probably watering now and I’m sure you’re dying to try these yourself. So here is Jennifer’s recipe for these delicious crêpes.

And even better…here’s a video of Chef Luke and Jennifer whipping up crêpes together.

Can’t get enough? Watch Chef Luke decorate his crêpes here!

Enjoy!

Video shot by Abby Copleston
Video edited by Maggie Antalek
Get in touch with Jennifer at Crêpes à la Maison

xx, Seri
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February 21, 2017

The Red Carpet Bubbly

Guys! It’s finally time for the Oscars! We LOVE awards season and always have a ton of fun hosting out family and friends to watch who will be the big winners… and the Oscars are our favorite.

In fact, we love the Oscars so much that we developed a whole Movie Party in a Box for your entertaining needs. We only have a few left, so grab yours by end of day today in order to get in time for Sunday night!

Any Oscars party calls for a red-carpet worthy signature cocktail, so I came up with a recipe for The Red Carpet Bubbly, which combines Chambord, St. Germain, and Prosecco.  Did a more perfect trio ever exist?

Here’s what you need:

-prosecco
-chambord
-St. Germain liqueur
-fresh raspberries

Here’s what to do:

1) In each cocktail glass, combine 1 oz. St. Germain and 1 oz. chambord.


2) Top each glass with prosecco until filled.


3) Skewer a few raspberries on the star skewers found in our Movie Party in a Box, and add to each glass for garnish.

Sip, and enjoy! Now you can fully concentrate and make your big predictions for the night! Who do you think is gonna win? Tell us in the comments below!

Until next week!

Photos by Maggie Antalek

 

xx, Abby
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February 17, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

Okay guys. This maybe wasn’t such a good idea but I don’t want to discourage you from attempting to make your own (supposedly easy) Chinese dumplings.

Reason being is that these are a huge “patchka” (literal translation: to mess around with food or a project)

Think of these as a culinary challenge to your dexterity and patience.

Have you ever watched professional chefs make dim sum dumplings? Truly an art.

They take the dough, stuff it, seal it and steam the dumplings efficiently. Within seconds, they have mastered hundreds of precisely made dumplings. That being said, they do this for a living. Day in and day out. THEY ARE DUMPLING  MAKERS.

I had a few factors working against me when I tried these. One being that I’m not Asian and have never made a dumpling before (hang on, I tried making what we call “Jewish wontons” once and experienced the same result….crappy kreplach. Secondly, for a change I was in a hurry to make and photograph these in time for the Chinese New Year. Do you know what happens when you rush? Besides breaking into full on shvitz (sweat) here’s a list of my excuses……

#1.

I didn’t feel like making my own dough. Already, that’s a problem and classified as a cop out for authentic dumplings.

#2.

Although I’m pretty good with my hands, the majority of these SO CALLED dumplings fell apart as soon as I steamed them. Not pretty, not pretty AT ALL.

#3.

I ate the ones that fell apart so no one would witness aftermath of the exploded dumplings. Not a great idea since I was trying to hide the disaster and therefore couldn’t eat dinner seeing as I WAS STUFFED to the gills with dumplings. A full out giveaway that “something went awry” with my experiment.

I came to the conclusion that it’s much easier to go out for Dim Sum and I plan on doing that in the future.

Have I scared you enough to look away from this blog post?

Nah.

Check out how nice they are……..(I mean, see how nice the ones that turned out look?)

The truth of the matter is, practice makes perfect and the next time I tried making these I used yoga breathing to get through the process and they were STELLAR.

almost forgot something. The dipping sauces. I wanted to make MY own and I did. What I didn’t do was write down the recipes for each one. Brilliant right? I’m going to do my best to remember what was in them but just in case I forgot an ingredient please forgive me. I’m blaming it all on the dumplings.

CHICKEN & BOK CHOY CHINESE DUMPLINGS

– ½ lb ground chicken
– ¾ cup baby bok choy, steamed and finely chopped
– 2 tablespoons, chives finely chopped
– 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
– 1 garlic clove, finely minced
– 1 tablespoon sesame oil
– ½ teaspoon rice wine vinegar
– ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
– 1 package round wonton wrappers (you can find these at an Asian supermarket)
– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, if pan frying
– black and white toasted sesame seeds for garnish
– Additional chopped chives for garnish

1) Combine the ground chicken, bok choy, chives, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, vinegar, and pepper into a medium bowl until well blended.
2) Place wrappers on a work surface lined with parchment paper.
3) To assemble the dumplings place ½ tablespoon of filling per wonton.
4) Rub the edges of the wrappers with water using your fingertip.
5) Fold the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape, and pinch the edges to seal. (here’s where you need to be very careful, make sure those edges are tightly sealed otherwise you will end up with E.D.S. – Exploded Dumpling Syndrome.
6) Now you can either steam or pan fry the dumplings, here’s how:
7) To steam the dumplings, add about 1 to 2 inches of water into the bottom of a large pan and bring to a boil. (I have a double decker bamboo steamer and I make sure not to submerge the bottom layer of the steamer into the water)
8) Layer the steamer baskets with vegetable leaves (I used bok choy) to prevent the dumplings from sticking.
9) Place the bamboo steamer over the water and cook for about 10 minutes or until the dumplings are fully cooked.
10) To pan fry the dumplings, add oil to a pan and sauté dumplings for 2-3 minutes on one side until golden brown. Add in some water (3-4 tablespoons) and place a lid over the pan to steam. The dumplings should be done once all of the water has been absorbed. Garnish with additional chives, chopped peanuts and serve with dipping sauces. Makes about 24 dumplings or in my case 15 due to E.D.S.
11) Serve with dipping sauces and garnished with sesame seeds and chives

GINGER SOY DIPPING SAUCE

– 1⁄4 cup light soy sauce
– 3⁄4 tablespoon rice vinegar
– 1 teaspoon honey
– 1 minced garlic clove
– 1⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil
– 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
– 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh ginger

Whisk all ingredients and serve.

SZECHUAN PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE

– 2 tablespoons peanut butter
– 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
– 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
– 1 teaspoon sriracha ketchup
– 3 – 4 tablespoons water
– 1 tablespoon crushed peanuts

1) In a small microwave-safe bowl, add hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, 3 tablespoons of water, peanut butter, and sriracha ketchup. Mix to blend ingredients.
2) Microwave on high for 20-25 seconds. Remove from microwave, and use a fork to combine ingredients together.
3) If sauce is too thick, add 1-2 additional tablespoons of water to achieve a thinner consistency.
4) Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Serve as dipping sauce.

FIERY THAI DIPPING SAUCE

– ½ cup water
– ¼ cup rice vinegar
– ¼ cup white sugar
– 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
– 1 ½ teaspoons red chili flakes
– ⅛ cup water
– 2 teaspoons cornstarch

1) Combine water, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic and chili flakes in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar.
2) Bring to a slow simmer and cook for 5 minutes, keep stirring so it doesn’t scorch.
3) In a cup or small bowl, make a slurry of the cornstarch and ⅛ cup water.
4) After the sauce has simmered for 5 minutes, slowly pour in the cornstarch mixture.
5) Bring the sauce to a boil and cook gently for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
6) If the sauce isn’t as thick as you want, boil for another minute or so.
7) Serve as dipping sauce.

xx, Debi
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February 16, 2017

How to host a Movie Party

The Oscars are hands down my favorite awards show and every year I watch the awards with the same friends. We all buy in for $20 bucks, print ballots, fill them out prior to the show and then exchange the ballots to mark while we watch. The person who guessed the most wins, gets to take home the pot of cash.

While we’re betting and rooting for the hottest (I mean favorite) actors, we sip on champagne and nosh on popcorn. We recently discovered Live Love Pop and are totally obsessed with the delicious flavors that they offer.

Since hosting an Oscars watch party is tradition on our house, I thought it time to launch a Movie Party in a Box! Popcorn boxes, champagne flutes, sparkly confetti, Oscars themed Bingo cards and more!

However it doesn’t need to be awards season to host a movie party. You can host this type of party anytime!  Actually…it’s my favorite type of party to host for kids because it’s SO easy!

The Movie Night Party in a Box is for 8 people so gather up a group of friends accordingly.

Make your life easy and call the party for a time where just snacks can be served (ie. 3pm or 8pm…). Serve some candy and/or baked goods and TONS of popcorn. We’ve provided boxes for your guests to fill up with and take to the couch to enjoy with the movie.

Decorate the table where you’re serving drinks and snacks with the black balloons and clear balloons that are filled with star confetti. These balloons also include gold glitter star stickers that you can adhere to the string of each balloon. You can tie the balloons to the hollywood trophies that are also in this party box.

You will also find black tie water bottle labels in our movie party box. Take regular water bottles, rip off their labels and add stick on the labels that we provided. Now you’ve got fancy water to serve at your party!

Now how fun is this? ENJOY!

Shop the Move Night Party in a Box here.

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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  1. Emily

    This is such a fab idea! Think I’m gonna borrow a popcorn machine off Fat Lama and will definitely have my own movie night for the Oscars!!! Love your blog, so many great ideas! :)

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    My friends and I always have a movie marathon especially when there is a new horror movie available online or via a CD. Making the gathering a party rather than a simple bonding amongst friends is indeed a great idea.

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